Community Needs Assessment Resources

 

Community Needs Assessment is a process conducted by all Community Action Agencies every three years to determine the underlying causes and conditions of poverty within the community they serve and identify the available resources to address the unmet needs of the community’s most vulnerable residents.

 

The Community Needs Assessment is the first phase of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) Cycle, grounding and guiding the work to develop and implement programs and services that lift families and communities out of poverty. The execution of a regular Community Needs Assessment is a requirement for all CSBG Eligible Entities, and one of the nine category’s (Category 3) of the Organizational Standards.

 

To assist with this critical activity, the resources shared below have been curated to provide Community Action Agencies with comprehensive information and easy-to-use tools for each step of the Community Needs Assessment.

 

Community Assessment Organizational Standards Tools:

Community Assessment Organizational Standard Technical Assistance Guide (Private CAA's)

Community Assessment Organizational Standard Technical Assistance Guide (Public CAA's)

Checklist for Monitoring Community Needs Assessment for CSBG State Offices  

Organizational Standards Beyond Compliance Webinar – Category Three: Community Needs Assessment

 

General Community Needs Assessment Tools:

The Community Needs Assessment Online Tool (Community Commons)

NASCSP: A Community Action Guide to Comprehensive Community Needs Assessments

Community Toolbox: Toolkit for Assessing the Needs and Resources of a Community

Missouri Association for Community Action: Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment Tool Kit 

SPARQ Measuring Mobility from Poverty Toolkit

 

Planning for a Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment:

Community Toolbox: Developing a Plan for Assessing Local Needs and Resources

Community Toolbox: Planning Check List:

Iowa State University Extension: Preparing for a Collaborative Community Assessment

Montana Department of Commerce: Community Assessment Techniques 

ROMA Next Generation Training Series: Setting the Stage for Data Collection Slides

ROMA Next Generation Training Series: Setting the Stage for Data Collection Video

Community Needs Assessment: Planning for a Comprehensive Webinar Series Slides

Community Needs Assessment: Planning for a Comprehensive Webinar Series Video

 

Collecting Community Needs Assessment Data:

Community Commons Online Community Assessment Tool

Utah Extension Survey Guide (with sample questions)

LKLP Community Action Council On-Line Needs Assessment Survey

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Collecting CNA Data Slides

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Collecting CNA Data Video

 

Analyzing Community Needs Assessment Data:

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Analyzing CNA Data Slides

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Analyzing CNA Data Video

 

Communicating the Community Needs Assessment:

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Communicating the CNA Slides

Community Needs Assessment Webinar Series: Communicating the CNA Video